GREAT DEALS TO ENJOY UNDER THE SUN...
STAY IN FABULOUS HOTELS IN EUROPE
May is a quieter month in Paris in terms of social events as there are three official holidays, so most Parisians head out of town to travel abroad or visit the French countryside. That means this is one of the best times you can enjoy a lively and less busy Paris. As an added bonus, the fabulous weather has already reached 27°C, a temperature we usually don’t reach until July.
Parisians are making a real effort to promote their city, and now you can discover all that Paris has to offer in the best conditions and at the best prices.
We have found some great deals for you, in hotels, restaurants, clubs and more…we have even found bargains on real estate and holiday rentals. We encourage you to check out the addresses throughout this newsletter.
Here’s what you’ll find in this issue:
Just as in London, hotels are now part of the city life of Paris. Some offer fabulous bars and spaces where local residents can enjoy a cocktail and mix with the tourists. Here are some of the great places in le Marais where you can have a drink in a cool air conditioned atmosphere, without the crowds.
Hotel Deals in Summertime
The high value of the euro may not be helping the tourist industry in the Eurozone, and that’s why many hotels in le Marais are offering great deals you won’t believe.
Here is our selection:
The Marais House
Hotel Duo ****
In perfect harmony with the neighborhood, Hotel Duo offers great ambiance and is close to all major landmarks, restaurants, nightlife and chic boutiques. Large comfortable rooms and suites, lobby and lounge bar, private spa and fitness center make the new Hotel Duo the ultimate luxurious and trendy spot in le Marais.
Receive special rates on request in August with Parismarais.com, starting at 130€
Hotel Molay ***
It features 23 exquisite rooms where the modern world subtly finds its place…superb colorful bathrooms, satellite TV, Internet access and minibar. Enjoy a great breakfast buffet after a workout in the private fitness club with sauna, hammam, hydrojet showers, or you can simply relax in the lounge bar.
From July 15 to 31: Single 110€, Double or Twin 130€
Hotel des Archives ***
From July 15 to August 31:
Hotel Ecole Centrale ***
Single: 90€ to 140€
Escargots in a flaky pastry crust with hazelnut for 11€, warmed scallops emincé for 14€, veal cutlet in a creamy Saint-Marcelin sauce for 18€, red mullet in a buttery vanilla sauce 17€, Maison Jouanault cheese platter 8,50€, iced nougat with raspberry sauce or a choco-mint dream dessert 9€.
A New Chef and a New Menu at Les Bains Douches
Desserts: Tiramisu “Mamma Italia,” Cocoa Rich Cake with Vanilla Cream, Sablé Cake with Raspberries, Black Chocolate Fruit Dips Fondue...
Do you love Opera? Eat out at Le Bel Canto
Located along the Seine near the Hotel de Ville, with two-level dining areas decorated with ochre walls and diffused lighting, as well as a beautiful terrace overlooking Notre Dame and the Ile Saint-Louis, Bel Canto is a perfect place for a special evening for small or large groups. Dinner with performance for 75€.
72, quai de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris
TOP LOCATION APARTMENT RENTALS THIS SUMMER
Looking for somewhere unique to stay for your next holiday? Parismarais selects only the best of the best apartments in each category, just for you. You know that when you rent a flat with the owners and companies we select, you’ll be welcomed like a friend, benefit from great service and enjoy exceptional accommodations.
Great summer deals from July 15 to August 30, depending on availability:
Book 1 week and stay 3 extra nights for FREE!
This special promotion is specific to the following flats: FLORENTIN, MEDIEVAL, NAPOLEON, ATTIC, SEVIGNE, ART DECO
FEEL FAB AND KEEP IT
Oriental Spa and Massages in Le Marais
Step through the doors of India Spa and you enter a completely new world of well-being, inspired by ancestral traditions from Mauritius, India and North Africa. Hammam and body-scrubs, ayurvedic massages, a flower bath with ylang ylang from Mauritius, warm spice herb applications from Thailand, sweet massages from Bali, underwater massages, plus the famous chocolate flavored massage to delight your body and soul. The world’s most precious spa rituals have found their home in a relaxing, timeless Indian décor, on the northern side of Le Marais. Experience a new level of total relaxation at India Spa.
76 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Keep fit and enjoy Massages
Special Deal in May: 20% more for the same price when you book a Power Plate session!
At Home Shiatsu
Japanese in origin, traditional Shiatsu massage enables rebalancing of the links between our mental, physical and emotional states. Unblocking of energy (yin/yang balance) stimulates and strengthens self-healing capacities, giving rise to an extraordinary sensation of well-being. Shiatsu is an officially recognized therapy in Japan. It promotes re-harmonizing of the mind and body’s energy. After tuning in to your body’s needs, the masseur focuses on key areas in order to enhance emotional stability, eliminate stress, improve drainage of fluids, help you feel lighter and more in touch with your body, intensify energy exchanges, and allow your tensions to be released.
Podium Paris in Concert
Open Café, for Lunch and Champagne Happy Hour!
Open Café is the ideal meeting place to begin your discovery of gay Paris. The central corner location with heated terrace seating on the busy rue des Archives makes it the perfect place to people watch, even in the wintertime. Inside you’ll find giant flat screen TV’s, beautiful lighting and a friendly English speaking bar staff. Every weekend, enjoy a great breakfast-brunch (savory for 11€ or sweet 9€) as well as giant salads and club sandwiches from 7,40€, plats du jour from 9,10€ and delicious chocolate cake, tarts and milkshakes from 4,50€. Also a great selection of drinks from 3,50€. With their affordable prices, the Open Café is one of the best spots to grab a bite and meet the international gay crowd…not to mention the adorable bar tenders!
HAPPY HOUR CHAMPAGNE AND KIR ROYAL ONLY 5,80€
Tom of Finland or Tom of Le Marais?
Find out on June 26 at 69 rue des Archives at a special VIP party to launch TOM’S perfume on the French market. Be there around 7 pm. Dress code: as sexy as you can…
The Scandinavian artist known as Tom of Finland died about 20 years ago, but his drawings, re-edited by Taschen editions (http://www.tashen.com) are known worldwide.
For over 40 years, Tom’s drawings have had a cult following on the gay scene. As sexy as ever, his drawings are an ideal way to sell anything, even perfume. Now the great perfume maker Etienne de Swardt located in le Marais at number 69 rue des Archives, 75003 Paris is giving Tom new life through perfume.
The British launch started with Harvey Nichols in London. Tom’s perfume is not only targeted to gay customers but to all the new urban generation of free minded guys often called metrosexuals. It’s all about being who you dare to be… Dare to buy this hot new perfume and especially enjoy the xxx packaging – inside you’ll find x-rated drawings that we can’t show you here…
Be Part of the First Happy Online Buyers: Visit http://www.etatlibredorange.com/
REAL ESTATE IN LE MARAIS
Soon a complete guide...
As the number one guide to le Marais, promoting the best addresses in every category, we have decided to select some real estate agents for you, too. In le Marais, 40% of the new residents are foreign buyers, mostly Italian, British, American, Irish, Dutch, Russian and Chinese. They all bring high income to the district which benefits the shops, restaurants and local businesses
With the city of Paris and region Ile de France combined, this can be considered “Le Grand Paris,” just as there is a great London area and the Big Berlin. This means the small cities around Paris may sooner or later become new arrondissements of the French capital, and could lead to growing property values.
Paris is the number one tourist city in the world, but is not the most expensive city. Yet. Compare the quality of life in every popular capital city – where else can you find as much freedom, architectural wonders, great public transportation, fantastic healthcare, low city property tax (I pay only 300 euros per year for a large one bedroom in a historic 18th century house)? Where do you find so much safety, with only 250 murders in all France in a year and over 15,000 in the USA? We have our past history and our local politicians to thank for this.
If all of these benefits make you want to move to France, we can help you connect with the right property people and avoid non-professional services. To find the best services for you, we have three journalists of three different nationalities (French, British and Italian) investigating property purchase in le Marais and Central Paris. We’ll keep you posted every month about their discoveries, and will promote the most reliable services in our new online real estate section, coming soon.
After checking prices in London, Rome and many other European capitals, we believe there is still growth potential in the Parisian real estate market, at least in the very good districts which appeal to permanent residents as well as tourists, foreign buyers and investors. These districts are arrondissements number 1(Louvre), 2 (Halles-Montorgueil), 3(North Marais), 4 (South Marais), 5 (Latin Quarter), 6 (Saint Germain des Près), 7 (Parliament and Embassies), 8 (Champs Elysées) and 9 (Opera).
Some parts of districts 10 (Canal Saint Martin), 11 (Bastille and Père Lachaise) and 12 (Arsenal and Bastille Harbor) bordering the Marais district are also worth considering, as well as some parts of district 18 (Montmartre). The prices in these districts will certainly continue to rise.
COMING SOON ONLINE – OUR TOP LIST OF PROFESSIONAL REAL ESTATE AGENTS AND PROPERTY FINDERS IN PARIS
Between the real estate agent and you, the buyer, there is another category of real estate professional that can help you save money and time by searching for you – Property Search Agents. They are becoming more and more numerous, making it more difficult to decide who you can trust. Some of them are legally based in France where they have their offices, while others are based abroad and have no real connection to the market – we recommend the first group.
For all properties in France, only French tribunals would be qualified to solve any legal or financial issues you may encounter, even if you buy your property through a British, Italian or American agent. You will want to choose the ones who are insiders and local residents, even if they are not French, as long as they do live here and really know the market.
A luxurious pied-à-terre in Paris with private terrace
Just a stone’s throw from the magnificent Place de Vosges, rue Malher is the perfect vacation home for those seeking a relaxing and luxurious setting in the center of one of Paris’ most dynamic neighborhoods.
Located on the first floor (American 2nd) of a charming 18th century building in typical Marais style, this 800 square foot 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment features a beautiful 100 square foot private terrace overlooking a secluded courtyard. Totally hidden from the street, this secret garden is all yours to enjoy. The property is available as a 1/12th share for €120,000 which gives the right to 4 weeks usage per year, in perpetuity, or until you sell your share. The price includes the all acquisition costs, renovation and furnishing, and legal and financing fees (except escrow costs).
Trust our team of professionals to make your dream to live
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MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS
Louise Bourgeois @ Centre Georges Pompidou
The exhibition features over 100 pieces – sculptures, paintings, drawings, etchings – spread over two floors, with a chronological display from 1940 to 2005 on the 6th floor, giving special attention to her last ten years of activity. The exhibition is one of the bigger artistic events of the spring in Paris.
Pompidou Centre, 75004 Paris Marais district
Night of the Museums May 17
If you have not seen Carnavalet Museum, Cognacq Jay Museum or Le Musée des Arts et Métiers, now is the time to go!
Visit our museum selection: http://www.parismarais.com/le-marais-museum-guide.htm
Galerie Nationale du Grand Palais
See our TV film made for French television and read more from our historian Pamela Grant who also gives fabulous historical tours of le Marais:
Miss China Beauty
3 rue Française, near Etienne Marcel, 75001 Paris
Metro: Etienne Marcel
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm
DISCOVER EUROPE WITH PARISMARAIS.COM
London: not as expensive as you think.
London has never been so cheap since the launch of the euro curency 6 years ago. It’s still the most expensive city in the world for real estate, but for amusement and shopping it’s surprisingly affordable.
Here are prices on every day items we noticed in London, worth comparing when traveling to the city:
Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference
Cannes Films Festival, Monaco Grand Prix and the French Riviera:
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A trip to France would not be complete without spending at least a couple of nights on Nice’s mythical Promenade des Anglais. For a couple of nights you can afford to stay in the very best hotels. There are at least five luxury hotels ready to offer you their services. When booking any Riviera hotel through Parismarais.com, you can benefit from great prices and often get upgrades upon availability. Book at great rates with Parismarais.com: http://www.parismarais.com/hotels-europe.php?zone=Nice
WHAT’S UP NEXT IN LE MARAIS?
Our newsletter is available in English, only once a month, but we have so much to tell you it just keeps getting longer and longer! Don’t wait for the next one to check out what’s new in le Marais.
Almost every day we’ll add a new report or article about le Marais, Paris and also many tips about real estate, travel and entertainment in Paris. These articles will be available in English, French, Italian, Dutch, German, Swedish, Danish, Spanish and Russian. We are building strong relationships with many international media agencies to promote le Marais and we’ll publish some of their articles in our blog. If you want to write about le Marais, send us your comments about hotels, restaurants, shops and more in Paris. If we publish it, we’ll be happy to add you to the list of our contributors and writers.
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